The Hulseman Family - A Blessing to Saint Francis Hospital
In 1958, Sheila Hulseman delivered her first baby at Saint Francis Hospital. Little did she know that this, the first of her 10 children to be born at Saint Francis, would be the start of a wonderful relationship between the Hulseman family and the hospital.
In the early years, Sheila and her husband Bob raised their family just a few blocks from Saint Francis Hospital in Evanston. With 10 active children, Sheila and Bob made regular trips to Saint Francis Hospital, for everything from annual check ups with Dr. Edmund Cahill, their family physician, to minor broken bones.
Although Sheila was busy raising her family, she managed to stay active within her parish, her children's schools and other local organizations. Yet she always made time for Saint Francis Hospital. Raised on the northwest side of Chicago, Sheila's parents taught her by example the importance of getting involved in the community at an early age.
"My dad worked with the Resurrection Sisters in the early '50s, going door-to-door to help raise money to build Resurrection Medical Center," she said. "When Saint Francis Hospital became a part of the Resurrection Health Care System, I felt as if I had traveled full circle," she added.
Saint Francis Hospital has truly been blessed with its friendship with the Hulseman family. Sheila's volunteer work, spanning many decades, touched nearly every corner of the hospital. She served on its Board of Directors and on the Auxiliary Board. She also served as a member of the Resurrection Health Care Board of Directors as well as the Resurrection Development Foundation Board.
As a member of the Saint Francis Hospital Auxiliary, Sheila helped with many fundraisers, including black tie events. She co-chaired the first seven years of the Auxiliary-sponsored golf outing.
"The amazing thing about Sheila is the time and energy she devotes to her various charities," said Dr. Thomas G. Cronin, Chairman, Department of Radiology and co-chair of the golf outing. "Anyone can donate money, Sheila donates herself."
"The first year, we recruited many of our family members," she said. "We desperately needed more foursomes!" But after several years, the momentum began to build. "Last year, we hosted our 7th golf outing," noted Mrs. Hulseman. "We had such a tremendous response. I actually had to call my family and tell them that they couldn't play. We needed their spots for our sponsors and others who wanted to play."
Sheila also took a keen interest in the Saint Francis Community Health Center, a clinic that provides health care services to low-income families in the Rogers Park and south Evanston communities. She was instrumental in founding both the Women's Board and The Associates of the Saint Francis Community Health Center. Today, both groups raise more than $50,000 combined annually to support The Health Center.
Sheila and Bob Hulseman's generosity to Saint Francis Hospital goes even beyond volunteer hours. In 2000, the Hulseman's made an extraordinary $2.5 million gift to purchase a new linear accelerator to treat patients with cancer. "Bob and I felt it was very important that the community have this technology that offered new hope to cancer patients," noted Sheila.
Just like their parents, the Hulseman children are also committed to Saint Francis Hospital. "Maybe it began when our son Paul and his wife Patrice delivered 10 of their 13 children at Saint Francis," joked Sheila. Two years ago, Tom Hulseman, the seventh son of Sheila and Bob chaired The Monarch Ball, Resurrection Health Care's system-wide gala. And their daughters, Peggy Kovach and Patty Abrams, are busy planning the next fundraiser that will be sponsored by the Women's Board.
As Sister Mary Barbara Sniegowski, C.R., Provincial of the Sisters of the Resurrection aptly stated, "What a true blessing Sheila and her family are to Saint Francis Hospital, to the Sisters, and to Resurrection Health Care. We will forever be grateful to them for their kindness and good works that have helped and healed so many."
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